Two-thirds of all Americans are overweight or obese. It means that when you go to the mall for every ten people you see six will be overweight or obese. Amazing! This number is growing. Soon seven out of ten will be overweight or obese. It is now common for adults in our society to be overweight and obese than in the healthy weight range. It’s not just adults, though. Childhood obesity is also increasing at alarming rates. Health consequences that these children face and are going to continue to face their future is a true tragedy.
Naturally, the obvious problem with obesity is that it causes major problems. Obesity significantly increases the risk for one type II diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, as well as psychological illnesses such as severe depression and complete reduction of family / community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, said that obesity will soon take over tobacco as the leading cause of death prevention. Harvard School of Public Health found that one third of all cancers are due to nutritional issues, mainly obesity. It has also been observed that obesity will soon be responsible for more cancer than smoking.
It is no exaggeration that in 100 years people will look back on this time and talk about the obesity epidemic and how it spent more than any epidemic in history. Epidemics like the black plague and AIDS will pale in comparison to the devastation caused by obesity.
We fight fat is not simple. We know there is no magic diet that will work for everyone. If there was a magic diet or pill that would not be an epidemic. It is not an isolated response (eg, a diet, one pill, one exercise routine, a self-help tape) to fight fat, fighting fat is such a complex problem.
Fighting fat with these methods – one diet, one pill, one exercise routine, a self-help tape, and surgery – has two. First, it has failed to result in weight, and second it has made a lot of people very rich.
Billions of dollars are spent by consumers every year in the hope of finding a solution to fight fat. Unfortunately, all that is really buying is the equivalent of a Band-Aid to fix a bullet wound. They are superficial fixes that do not attack the problem at the root, and the offer either temporary fixes or not attached at all. These are not great scrutiny. All you have to do is look at the problem at hand, then look at the solutions available and work, and finally look at the results of these solutions have provided thus far.
Let’s look at the problem at hand first. Obesity is an epidemic that will soon be responsible for more deaths each year than any other to prevent the cause of death. This epidemic has been growing like wildfire over the past two decades, and continues to grow with no end in sight.
Next, we will look at the three most common solutions available and applied to solve the problem. The first is a fad diet. Here is a short list of fad diets you may have heard about before: the cabbage diet, grapefruit diet, lazy diet, Atkins diet, 3 day diet, 7 day diet, 30 days diet, chocolate diet, fruit diet, low fat diet, South Beach diet, negative calorie diet, six times a day diet, one good meal diet, the Hollywood diet, The Zone, Sugar Busters, Carb Addicts, Sugar Addicts, Jenny Craig, Dr. Phil, metabolism diet, protein power, glycemic index diet, fast food diet, Alien diet, etc.
The second most common way offered to fix obesity epidemic by medication, aka diet pills. There are two classes of drugs. They are known as the increasingly popular all natural medicines, and growing in popularity manufactured pharmaceutical drugs.
third way offered to fix the obesity epidemic is actions like liposuction and gastric bypass.
Now let’s look at the results. We’ll start with fad diets. Fad diets usually result in the early weight loss, after the cycle of frustration, loss of motivation and weight gain. Diet plans do not include how to change behavior, because they fail. For an individual to achieve lasting weight loss that they have to change ‘frame of mind’ them. These fad diets do not do this.
What about drugs? Let’s start with all natural pills, drinks, powders, etc. One of the biggest money making marketing strategy over the past 10 years has been to attach the words “all natural” to everything. For some crazy because people think that just because something is from nature that it is not only not harmful, but good for you. In addition, this marketing method to be very effective it will attack anything as being harmful content. You hear this all the time been identified, not put them in the body, instead of using this all natural ingredients. The whole thing is not based on the truth and potentially very dangerous.
First of all, everything is material. Have you every tried dihydrogen oxide? Dihydrogen oxide sounds like a pretty serious stuff is not. Well common name is water. Water is made when two hydrogen atoms are chemically bonded to an oxygen atom – H2O. Life can not exist without water. However, if you drink too much water you will die from the toxic water. Of course, water can be toxic. Anything can be toxic, and all materials.
Would you eat arsenic, plutonium, mercury or lead? Why not, they are all natural. Each one is fundamental in nature. If you are really interested in getting some arsenic you can find it in apple seeds. Do you know how many deadly toxin produced naturally by plants one? Many yard are full of them.
The bottom line is that it is insane and very dangerous thinking something is good for you and not harmful just because it can be found naturally. Do not let All Natural marketing strategy always convince you again! You know what I say all natural diet pills and all other all natural marketing is presented with a powerful multi-billion dollar Health -. Have emptor which means buyer beware
The truth is that the mechanism of most diet pills is that they contain any stimulants, usually form of caffeine. For example, guarana is a very popular ingredient in many diet aids. Guarana is a climbing plant common to Brazil that produces fruit which has about three times the amount of caffeine as a typical coffee beans. The bottom line is that Guarana is all Natura ‘and it contains the stimulant caffeine. There are many names for caffeine. When the guarana called guaranine it. When it is found in the Yerba Mate plant it called mateine and common tea leaves caffeine called theine. They are all synonyms for the same compound. All these different names allow marketers to hide the fact that their products only contain a lot of caffeine or caffeine metabolites.
Overall, stimulating increased metabolism is the result of burning more calories. Stimulants also raise blood pressure, irritate the nervous system, cause your heart to work harder, and focus on your cardiovascular system. In addition, over time, the body grows tolerance to stimulants and the only way to get the same effect is to increase the amount taken. As you can imagine, this can be very dangerous. Oh by the way, is another popular plant leaf that contains all natural stimulant that boosts your metabolism and helps burn calories. It is known that cocaine. Are you getting my point?
are pharmaceutical manufactured diet pills better? Since weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry, everyone wants to participate. Large pharmaceutical companies are no different. They have large budgets spent on weight loss research and development. Their goal is to find materials that can be taken by overweight and obese individuals will lead to weight loss.
process to find a chemical like this begins with studies of lab animals, such as rats. If they find content that shows positive results in animals without causing any apparent damage, they go to the next level of human research. Initially, products will be tested on small groups of volunteers or paid participants. If these initial experiments promising, the research will be larger. If time and the number of studies, the content is shown to be effective – statistically – and not harmful – within it – then the content will be considered safe and effective for public use. It will then be on the market, recommended and sold.
This sounds reasonable, but here’s why this has not led to solve the obesity epidemic. The studies are limited to a relatively small sample of the population. Just because it was a positive result does not seem harmful side effects of this relatively small segment of the population does not mean it is going to be safe and effective for the population as a whole. All are physiological and genetic differences. There are too many differences between people in the general population for a drug to be safe and effective for everyone.
Have you ever heard of Fen-Phen? Fen-Phen is a combination therapy of two drugs and remedies Dexfenfluramine which was designed and touted as an effective and safe weight loss drug. Well it was not long before the physiological differences among the population popped up, and the FDA was bombarded with reports of Fen-Phen cause heart valves. The final result, Fen-Phen was withdrawn from the market, a large law suit ensued, people were physically damaged, and obesity is still an epidemic.
third unsuccessful attempt at curing obesity epidemic is through actions such as liposuction and gastric bypass. Liposuction is an action where fat is sucked out where it accumulates under the skin. This sounds pretty cool except for the fact that it is not a permanent solution. As soon as a man begins to take in more energy than is being used his body very efficiently start making brand new fat cells to store excess energy. In other words, this “solution” is not going to last long if eating behaviors that got them to this point instead of continuing after surgery. Liposuction is just a temporary solution.
gastric bypass is a special function that basically removes and re-routing part of the gut physically limit the amount of food that can be consumed and absorbed. This action is extreme, painful, and very dangerous, as numerous people have died from the surgery itself. If the surgery is successful, the man is usually lose weight. They lose weight because they are physically limited to what they can eat. If they overeat, often means more than a few tablespoons of food at once, they will vomit up.
One problem that arises is that it is difficult to get the proper absorption of nutrients. In addition, what happens is that force feeding, gastrointestinal tract grows larger and larger amounts of food. Before too long these people can eat as much as they had in the past, which means cover all the weight back. Gastric bypass, by itself, is not a permanent solution.
What do all these ‘solutions’ have in common? They are all a quick fix, they need very little effort on the part of the person trying to lose weight, someone else is making money, and they are not effective in producing lasting weight loss.
In all fairness, a solution to all problems is a quick fix and requires little work is never going to be a permanent solution. Once again, there is really nothing great to be here.
What is being done by the Government and schools? Never in the history of human existence has the rate of obesity increased more than it has over just the last two decades. Of course, the obvious question is – why? Well, the correct answer is that there is no one reason. I would like to point out some of the major causes.
In the September 2007 issue of Scientific American, NYU professor Marion Nestle pointed political cause obesity. She noted that in 1980 Reagan Freedom management industry freed up agricultural production. This encouraged farmers to grow more food. Calories available per person in the United States increased from 3,200 per day in 1980 to 3,900 a day two decades later. There is a difference of 700 calories available in the US food per person per day.
Let’s put this in perspective. With everything else staying constant, if you eat 500 fewer calories a day, you will lose one pound of fat every week. Based on this, if you consume 700 extra calories a day for a year and you would get 73 pounds. Now most people do not get this much weight this year because there are a lot of other variables that need to be, but you get the idea of the importance of this political move had on the obesity epidemic.
This led to one of the most important causes of obesity – increased portion size! Professor Nestle will further the following: first in 1980 also marked the emergence of shareholder value movement on Wall Street. Shareholder demands for higher short-term returns on investments forced food companies to increase sales in the marketplace that already contained excessive calories. Food responded by seeking new sales and marketing opportunities. They encouraged before circumvention practices that eventually changed social norms, such as frequent between-meal snacking, eating in book and clothing stores, and serves a larger share.
There is so much food available to feed establishments, such as restaurants, use a large portion sizes as a marketing tool. We have grown accustomed to air conditioning and these huge portions of food. The bottom line is that things are simply too much. It is sadly ironic that there are people literally starving around the world and still true to say that there is a surplus of food. The problem of hunger around the world is not enough food. The problem is food distribution. It is an economic and logistical problems.
Since we are the government, let’s talk about the Food Guide Pyramid. The Food Guide Pyramid, developed in 1991, underhanded attempts of the government to educate people on how to eat a balanced and healthy diet. Branch of government responsible for the production of the Food Guide Pyramid is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). First of all, do not you think that it is more qualified branch of government to decide what constitutes a healthy diet – such as medical or health branch? You know, the branch that actually has people really qualified to talk about treatment and health. When I need to know how to plant corn, I’m going to call the Department of Agriculture, not when I want to know what diet will keep me healthy.
Walter Willett, chairman of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, said that the pyramid of government is based on “shaky scientific foundation, and it is tremendously flawed”. Dr. Willett is building its response on the very best science and studies we have available today. And when he was asked about the government’s food pyramid stand fat, protein, dairy and carbohydrates, Willett said none of this is correct, and the pyramid is so out of step with the scientific evidence that it has almost be completely dismantled and rebuilt from scratch.
Why would the Department of Agriculture do this? If you learn the Food Guide Pyramid, you would see that it recommends that individuals, by far, getting the majority of their daily calories from agricultural products such as rice, pasta, bread and potatoes. Yes, it is self-serving guide that benefits lobbying groups such as the United States Potato Board and other groups of farming interest groups. This has nothing to do with a conspiracy theory, but everything to do with simply lining pockets and serving political agenda. Sad, but true.
In 2005, the government released a new version of the pyramid called Pyramid me. It’s just more vague, and therefore less able to be directly attacked. All you need to know about the new pyramid is that it is still put out by the Department of Agriculture.
Are our schools to do better? Let’s start with the basics – school lunches. Read the following guidelines from the US Department of Agriculture for school lunches. Then you can be the judge as the best interests in mind. I do not think you’ll do the best interest of our children.
This is a direct quote from the US Department of Agriculture. In general, public or nonprofit schools of high school grade or under and public or nonprofit private residential child care institutions participated in the school lunch program. School districts and independent schools that choose to participate in Lunch Program receive cash grants and administered by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve lunches that meet federal requirements. In addition to cash rebates, schools are entitled by law to receive food commodities, called “rights” foods. Schools can also receive “bonus” products they are available from surplus agricultural stocks. School food authorities can also be reimbursed for snacks served to children 18 years of after-school educational or enrichment programs. US Department of Agriculture
Another inexcusable act committed in schools is a strategic location and availability of vending machines. These vending machines are filled with soda, candy, caffeine and sugar laden energy drinks, chips, and cupcakes. Food and vending business deals have put their machines in the cafeteria, halls and even a gym. The companies get the money, the school gets the money, and the kids get overweight and unhealthy.
Perhaps the most sinful act of all, however, is to reduce / elimination of movement in the curriculum. Gym class and recess are disappearing. Child obesity, diabetes in children, hypertension in children and restlessness in children are all increasing. You do not have a medical background to see the connection here. It’s more of just monitoring and common sense.
As a high school teacher who teaches freshman and sophomores, I see first hand the level at which students are prepared after they leave the school. I’m not going to discuss math and writing skills, but I’m going to point out the lack of real world preparation that these students have. Bottom line is that the secondary system is dropping the ball when it comes to the real preparation. This includes things like: writing a resume and interview for a job, understand the different types of mortgages and other basic information when buying a home, understanding contracts such as leases, leave credit cards, bank loans, car loans, and credit score, understanding how to leverage and invest money; equities and real estate, understanding the importance of basic health maintenance as regular dental and doctor visits, regular self breast and testicular exams, understanding the basics of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, understanding real health associated with obesity and understand how to read food labels and serving size.
This list could go on and on. From the above list I can guarantee you that if properly educated the following tragedies would have been limited US foreclosure Explosion of 2008, massive credit card debt, and of course the obesity epidemic in the 21st century
HG. Wells said that human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. I hate to say it but I think our education system is losing. We need to change! If we are going to defeat this epidemic, we need to start doing things differently. We can not attack this problem and we have been, because it obviously is just not working.